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FREE!!!!

WE HAVE BEEN REDEEMED FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW!!!!

 He personally bore our sins in His [own] body on the tree [as on an altar and offered Himself on it], that we might die (cease to exist) to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed.

 1 Peter 2:24 (AMP)


 So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free.

John 8:36 (AMP)

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WHEN tribulation,trials,distress and frustration… STUFF HAPPENS

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

John 16:33 (AMP)

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 “When someone speaks the Word of God, they can talk their way out of anything!”   

                      -Pastor Tony Crawford Dayspring Church Acworth, Ga.

I remember the first night I was  alone in my  house, after my husband of nine years walked out on me,  a violent storm raged outside my window.  I could hear the hail pounding down on the roof, while lighting flashed around me and the thunder shook the entire house! Then, to make matters worse the alarm system went off. I was scared stiff! It was as if fear itself stood in my room pinning me down on my bed. At that moment I heard in my heart “Psalm 27.” I reached over to the drawer in my bedside table and pulled out a bible I kept in there. When I found the verse I started to read: ” The LORD is my Light and my Salvation—whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?”… I read the entire chapter out loud. As I read this Psalm the fear that paralyzed me faded into the night.  Even though the storm outside continued,  He calmed the storm in me.

If something or someone has got you scared stiff today, just remember what God has promised you in His word. That no matter what happens today, He (God) will always be there with you.

Who shall ever separate us from Christ’s love? Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation? Or calamity and distress? Or persecution or hunger or destitution or peril or sword? Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, 39 Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:35,37-39 (AMP)

Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for andexpect the Lord.

Psalms 27:14 (AMP)

THINGS HOPED FOR

Sunrise through the clouds

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The day began as it always did, with sounds of the town’s merchants setting up shop while others headed to the water front, to see what the fishermen caught the night before. As they gathered on the shore someone shouted, “Jesus, the great teacher is coming!” The word of his arrival soon spread through the entire town, and people started crowding the beach to see him.

In a small house down on the waterfront, just outside of town, lived a woman who was very ill. She suffered with an incurable disease for the past twelve years. Each day she would come and sit at the door and watch the activities on the beach. She had long since abandoned any hope of getting well again; for the doctors, despite their best efforts, could not find a cure for her hemorrhaging. As she sat there she pondered, who this “great teacher” is everyone was flocking to the beach to see.

Her neighbor, seeing her sitting there questioned her, “Aren’t you going to go see the man who people say is sent from God?”

“Why do people believe in such a thing?” the woman responded.

“Well, I’ve heard demons come out of people when he shows up. My brother said when he went to the city last week, he saw Jesus heal a blind man who was sitting on the side of the road.”

“Is that right?” she inquired.

“I heard He even raised a widow’s son from the dead over in the town of Nain!” she added.  The woman listened as people continued to pass them. “I’ve heard some people claim this man to be the Messiah!” the neighbor said as she joined the crowd heading to the shore,  she too wanted to see the man everyone in town is talking about.

When Jesus stepped out of the boat, a ruler of the synagogue whose name was Jairus, came and fell at his feet. With words filled with tears and anguish, he pleaded, “Rabbi, please come to my house, my daughter lay dying, she is only twelve years old.  I know you have the power given to you from God to heal, please come!” Jesus reached down and helped the child’s father to his feet, “I will go with you” he answered.

The woman watched the people act like a crazed mob swarming around Jesus to touch him as they began walking toward Jairus’ house. She knew of the rabbi’s daughter being ill, and considered the weight of this man Jesus’ reputation with such a man as Jairus.  She also recalled what her neighbor said to her earlier.

“He healed the blind man” she thought to herself. Just then, a ray of hope sprang up in her heart. She slowly raised herself up from the place she was sitting and started pushing through the crowd with all her might. She kept her eyes on Jesus, because she saw him not as a prophet or a teacher, but as her healer.

“If I can touch him I know I will be healed,” she kept thinking over and over as she pressed through the wall of people. Coming up behind Jesus she reached out with trembling hands and touched the hem of his cloak. As quickly as lightning flashes across the sky, the power of God moved through the woman’s body, restoring her to perfect health.

“Who touched me?” Jesus said as he gazed into the crowd. The people grew quiet and where puzzled at the question he asked.

“Master,” Peter said, “The people are crowding and pressing against you.”  “I felt power flow out from me,” Jesus said as he looked at the people gathered around him.

Knowing she could not keep silent any longer, the woman came and fell trembling at the feet of Jesus. The people stood in silent amazement, for they recognized the woman as being the one who was sick for the past twelve years. In their presence she explained to Jesus why she touched him, and how she had been instantly healed. Jesus helped the woman to her feet, “Daughter, your faith has healed you, go in peace.”

Jairus was encouraged by what he just witnessed with the woman and her being healed, because he knew how long she had been sick. “My daughter is twelve years old. Surely Jesus will heal her too!” he thought to himself. While Jesus was still speaking to the woman, the crowd parted and two men approached Jairus with word of his daughter’s death. The message they brought tore into his heart, gouging out the hope that was in him.

When Jesus heard the news, he turned and fixed his gaze on Jairus to encourage him, “Don’t be afraid, just believe and she will be healed.”  Fighting back the tears, Jairus took Jesus to his house. When they arrived, the house was full of people wailing and mourning for the little girl. “Stop weeping! The child is just asleep!” Jesus commanded.  With that the mourners started to laugh at him, for they believed she was dead. “Leave this place now, you of little faith!” Jesus exclaimed. After they left, Jesus only allowed Peter, James, John and the child’s parents to come in with him, as they approached the place where the little girl’s body lay. Jairus took his wife’s hand as she cried silently. Jesus knelt down next to the body and gently took her hand and said, “Little girl, I say to you get up!” Immediately, her spirit returned to her body and she stood up as she looked into the eyes of her healer.

“My daughter lives!” exclaimed the child’s mother whose tears of sorrow turned into tears of joy. “Give her some food” Jesus said as the parents embraced their daughter. As Jesus turned to leave he cautioned them, “Do not tell anyone how her life was saved.”

For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation and adorn the wretched with victory.                                                                                                              Psalms 149:4 (AMP)

This a narrative of:  Mark 5:21-43 (Amp), Luke 8:40-56 (AMP)

HIDDEN TREASURE

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When I drove to work in the early morning hours, I used this time as my “quiet time”. One morning  I heard the Holy Spirit  say in my heart, “What is the treasure in the field? ” He then reminded me of the verse in Matthew 13:44:

 

44 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

Matt 13:44 (NKJV)

“Then He asked who is the man? What is the field?” I have heard it taught that this is an example of when someone finds Jesus as their Savior and Lord they give up their old life and receive/follow the new life in Him. That is not where He was going with this.  The following is the word I received from Him:

“The man in this story is God. The field he went into and later bought was the world. The treasure he found is you. When he  ‘sells all that he has and buys the field,’  is when He gave his Son Jesus for you”.

15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

John 3:15-17 (NKJV)

“Why did he “hide” the treasure that he found, I asked. “What do you think the owner of the field (the devil John 12:31,14:30) would have done had he knew about it?”  At that moment He reminded me of this verse:

 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

1 Cor 2:7-8 (NKJV)

It was on mornings like this one that the drive into work were not long enough! 🙂

 

 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Eph 2:1-10 (NKJV)

 

IN A FIX?

I like those airline commercials where it shows the person in a fix and the announcer comes on and says, “Need to get away?” I think I could get their frequent flyer miles on that one! 🙂

Hope in God will never leave us in a fix! We can take refuge by spending time in prayer, and looking in the Bible for the promises God has given us concerning the situation we are in.

GOD IS our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains be shaken into the midst of the seas, 3 Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling and tumult.

Psalms 46:1-3 (AMP)

Matthew Henry wrote:

This psalm encourages to hope and trust in God; in his power and providence, and his gracious presence with his church in the worst of times. We may apply it to spiritual enemies, and the encouragement we have that, through Christ, we shall be conquerors over them. He is a Help, a present Help, a Help found, one whom we have found to be so; a Help at hand, one that is always near; we cannot desire a better, nor shall we ever find the like in any creature. Let those be troubled at the troubling of the waters, who build their confidence on a floating foundation; but let not those be alarmed who are led to the Rock, and there find firm footing. Here is joy to the church, even in sorrowful times. The river alludes to the graces and consolations of the Holy Spirit, which flow through every part of the church, and through God’s sacred ordinances, gladdening the heart of every believer. It is promised that the church shall not be moved. If God be in our hearts, by his word dwelling richly in us, we shall be established, we shall be helped; let us trust and not be afraid.

—Matthew Henry Concise

We can take “refuge” as we rest in the promises God has given us in His word (a very present and well-proved help in trouble)

DON’T GET YOUR HOPES UP!

Have you ever had somebody say to you,”Don’t get your hopes up” when  facing a bad situation or when a problem arises?  WHY NOT GET YOUR HOPES UP??? In fact, that is just what we need to do! Tune in this week as we look into the very reason to get your hopes up when the chips are down 🙂